Brechin Hill & Newcastle

When you disembark from the ferries at Departure Bay, Brechin Road runs up the hill beside you. From here, almost all the way to downtown, is the old Newcastle Townsite. This neighbourhood includes a lot of different styles, many of them rare and highly desirable. These homes were built to enjoy the amazing views of Departure Bay and Newcastle Island; decks are large, windows are tall, roads are steep, and there's a sort of maritime feeling. Even if your home doesn't have an ocean view, you will see the water every day - up close - as you come and go.

Note, the real estate board calls this whole area "Brechin Hill" (there was a coal mine called Brechin near the present BC Ferries terminal), while others call it "Newcastle".

View Brechin and Newcastle home listings below, or read more about the neighbourhood.

Properties for Sale in Brechin

15 Properties Found. Page 1 of 2

The Seawall At Your Fingertips! This Beautifull...

Photo of Listing #432493

$1,199,000 Active

  • 6 Beds
  • 7 Baths
  • 0.2 Acres
  • 4,098 ft²

Single Family

390 Stewart Ave, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #432493

The Seawall At Your Fingertips! This Beautifully Finished, Custom Ocean View Home Is Located Just Steps Away From The Nanaimo Yacht Club And One Of The Most Beautiful Waterfront Walkways On The West Coast. The Main Home And The Suite Both Offer Main Level L...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

Stunning Ocean And City Views Only Exceeded By ...

Photo of Listing #434188

$799,900 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,482 ft²


225 Rosehill Street 702, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #434188

Stunning Ocean And City Views Only Exceeded By The Excellent Calibre Construction, Unit Size And Location. This Beautiful 1482 Sf 2 Bedroom And Den Home Offers Extraordinary Features Including A Heat Pump, 9' Ceilings Throughout, Engineered Hardwood Floors ...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

This Ocean View New Detached Half Duplex Is Sit...

Photo of Listing #434478

$569,000 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 0.11 Acres
  • 1,773 ft²

Single Family

820 Brechin Road, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #434478

This Ocean View New Detached Half Duplex Is Situated On Brechin Hill. Some Of The Features Of This Home Are 3 Bedrooms Plus A Flex Room (den) Upstairs, 3 Baths, Open Floor Plan, 9'ceilings On Main Floor, Cozy Gas Fireplace And Quality Finishing Throughout. ...

Sutton Group-West Coast Realty (Nan)

Stunning, Spacious Condo Near Downtown Nanaimo....

Photo of Listing #433656

$549,000 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,242 ft²


540 Stewart Ave 601, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #433656

Stunning, Spacious Condo Near Downtown Nanaimo. Located In A Quiet, Well-kept Building, This Completely Remodeled Suite Maximizes Light & Space. Custom Designed, No Detail Has Been Overlooked, With A Perfect Mix Of Refined & Dramatic Finishings. The New Gas...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

Great Investment With Newcastle Channel Views F...

REDUCED 4% Photo of Listing #433321

$519,000 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 0.16 Acres
  • 1,565 ft²

Single Family

245 Juniper Street, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #433321

Great Investment With Newcastle Channel Views From. Entertain Friends And Family On The Huge Deck. New Hardi Plank Exterior With Bold Modern Colors. Spacious Groomed Lush Green Back Yard Flat Could Extend The Whole House If Desired. Lower One Bedroom Suite ...

Sutton Group-West Coast Realty (Nan)

Attention Builders! You Must See This Duplex Zo...

Photo of Listing #433200

$469,900 Active

  • 0.29 Acres


327 Larch Street, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #433200

Attention Builders! You Must See This Duplex Zoned Lot Ready To Build On. Approval In Place For 2 Detached Homes. Ocean Views And Great Location, This Won't Last Long.

Sutton Group-West Coast Realty (Nan)

Estate Sale, Brechin Classic With Some Ocean Vi...

Photo of Listing #433629

$409,900 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 0.23 Acres
  • 2,544 ft²

Single Family

1991 Bayview Ave, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #433629

Estate Sale, Brechin Classic With Some Ocean Views. Loads Of Potential Here. Hardwood Under Carpet On Main Floor. Good Sized Rooms, Coved Ceilings, Archways, Most Windows Thermo, Wrap Around Deck, Even Rv Parking. Nice Mature Landscaping. All Measurements A...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

Two Bedroom 2 Bath Open Concept Condo. High End...

REDUCED 7% Photo of Listing #430767

$399,900 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 860 ft²


1250 Stewart Ave 305, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #430767

Two Bedroom 2 Bath Open Concept Condo. High End Appliances, Marble Flooring, Counter Top. Large Balcony Views Of Newcastle & Protection Island. Short Walk To Bc Ferries And Located Right Near The Waterfront Seawall.

Island Pacific Realty Ltd.

Brechin Hills Home With Fantastic Marina And Ne...

Photo of Listing #434518

$399,000 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 0.16 Acres
  • 1,557 ft²

Single Family

1340 Discovery Ave, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #434518

Brechin Hills Home With Fantastic Marina And Newcastle Channel Views! This 1557 Sqft Home Has A Great Layout With Main Level Entry, That Includes The Master Bedroom And One Bath, Two More Beds And A Bath Upstairs, And An Unfinished 400 Sqft Basement Down. R...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

Brechin Hill Homes

Ocean views are the norm for homes on Brechin Hill, with about 35-40 multi-family buildings and about 550 single-family homes perched on steep streets running down to the ocean.

This area runs the length of the Newcastle Channel between Departure Bay and Nanaimo Harbour - it's a very central, desirable location - and yet much of it is quiet and cozy, disturbed only by float planes and the horns of the Departure Bay ferry terminal.

The larger portion of this neighbourhood is between the ocean and Terminal Park Mall - on your right for several blocks as you drive off the ferry toward downtown. On this end of Brechin, east/west streets are named for trees: Willow, Chestnut, Maple, etc. The lots in this area tend to be about 6000-9000 square feet, or larger for certain corner properties and lots near the water.

Less quiet is the southern end of Brechin (Newcastle Ave., Vancouver Ave.), closer to downtown and nearer the island highway. For lovers of old-town Nanaimo, this is the best real estate available, matched only by the Old City area. This neighbourhood's streets slope down to the ocean, such that you can usually look down the road and see boats, backdropped by Newcastle Island across a narrow channel. There are a number of apartment buildings and some very fine old homes; this was the original Newcastle Townsite where many of the early 20th century elite built gorgeous estate homes on large lots. These have since been subdivided, but some houses still sit on 10,000-19,000 sqft parcels. If you love mature gardens and fine craftsman homes, this neighbourhood is worth checking out.

Nearest Schools:

  • École Océane
  • Brechin Elementary
  • Cilaire Elementary

Nearest Parks:

Brechin Hill Condos

There are several condos in the Brechin area, from waterfront developments down on Stewart Avenue (the road running between BC Ferries and downtown) to ocean view apartments up on Vancouver Avenue (closer to downtown) and Estevan Road (Terminal Park shopping mall).

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